Planning study to consider linkages and bypass

Planning study on Melbourne’s road network will begin later this month to investigate options to improve linkages to Melbourne Airport

September 28, 2011

A planning study on Melbourne’s road network is slated to begin later this month to investigate options to improve linkages to Melbourne Airport.

The study will examine link options via the Tullamarine Freeway with the future Outer Metropolitan Ring and also consider the viability of bypassing the township of Bulla to address current and projected traffic congestion.

Victoria Roads Minister Terry Mulder says planning and development integrated transport and land use solutions are vital to provide and respond to Melbourne’s future growth.

"This study will look into providing an alternative route linking Melbourne Airport to Melbourne’s new northern industrial areas and the western suburbs via the planned Outer Metropolitan Ring," Mulder says.

"In addition, the Bulla Bypass will provide for travel needs of the Sunbury growth area.

"A crucial outcome of this study will be identifying where land should be reserved for future transport needs while ensuring minimal impact upon the local community and environment.

"Sunbury Road is the main link from Sunbury to Melbourne Airport and employment areas in Melbourne’s north and east. New development will see the population grow and we must carefully plan and respond to that with a considered road network."

Northern Victoria MP Donna Petrovich welcomed the plans, saying it is significant for the communities of Bulla and those who live in Sunbury and Macedon Ranges .

"I am delighted this work is proceeding after numerous meetings with Hume City Council, VicRoads and community representatives," Petrovich says.

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